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Publisher Letter

May Letter from the Publisher

Hello Boca!

It’s Peter Gary, publisher of the Boca Voice. Welcome to the May edition of our monthly newsletter.

You probably noticed a slight down tick in traffic as fewer snowbirds leave for the summer. High season may technically be over with Easter and Passover weekend.

But restaurant goers will notice your favorite places are still packed, even on Mondays.

Turns out Boca is becoming 24/7 as most of us already know.

You can tell as condos and apartments go up and movers and shakers move in, trading spaces to live in a walkable downtown. It’s the next logical step for locals finished raising their family.

You can tell by continued construction along Federal Highway just north of Camino Real. The Residences at the Mandarin Boca Raton and hotel are rising next to Penn-Florida’s existing 101 Via Mizner apartments.

You can tell by Boca Raton Regional Hospital starting construction on the first building in their master plan.  The 972-space parking garage is meant to alleviate the hospital’s parking problems as it expands. Plans include a new seven-story tower for patients.

The hospital is on the verge of becoming part of Baptist Health South Florida. Joining a large network is the next logical step for a standalone community hospital.

Downtown is still getting most of the focus. The city’s taking its own parking problems seriously. And city council sitting as the downtown district overseers went all in for meters. Instead of phasing in the rest of downtown, the city will meter 422 spaces over the next few years. We listed where they will go. Existing meters will be upgraded this July to apps-ready ParkMobile.

Biggest surprises in April?

We could tell by the traffic on our Facebook page and web site that the pending sale of the Boca Resort & Club was big news. A spinoff company with Dell honcho Michael Dell at the head bought the historic property.

The end of the school year on May 31 snuck up on us. Teachers and students will get their last look at Verde Elementary School before demolition begins. That got our viewers’ attention, too.

Don’t worry where the kids will go. A temporary holding school will be ready before they come back in August.

Looking forward to May, Florida Atlantic University has six graduations this week, conferring 3,200 degrees. We love graduations and will cover one of them as we always do.

A joint meeting between the city and the buyer for the new public Boca National Golf Club is still on for May 13. We’re holding our collective breath to see if the city will lend the Greater Boca Raton Beach & Park District $28 million for construction.

The district may even ask for a cut of the city’s sale of the municipal golf course out west to GL Homes.

Please keep Boca Voice and our Facebook page and social media on your radar for that and other coverage and breaking news.

Thanks

Peter Gary

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